Tempo Time Credits were introduced in Medway in February 2017 as part of a pilot initiative commissioned by Medway CCG (Medway Clinical Commissioning Group).


Over 150 people have given more than 1300 hours to their community since the programme started, with the majority of activity focussing in the Medway town of Chatham. Public Health data identified Chatham as having the most pronounced economic and health disadvantages of the Medway towns.

The ‘Involving Medway’ programme aims to explore effective ways of engaging local community-based groups and residents, in order to promote better health and wellbeing and to help transform local services.

The pilot is directly inspired by the Five Year Forward View, which set a new course for health policy. It recognised an urgent need for radical innovation in the health and social care system to avoid catastrophic failure – and called for the NHS to get serious about prevention, to empower patients, to engage communities and to build a social movement for health and care.

Medway has a vibrant and dynamic network of local community groups and Involving Medway will enable us to reach out through them to more local residents. Involving Medway is about trying something different in order to support and sustain a healthier local community, which we believe will help take some of the pressure off our primary and acute health services in the area.

Caroline Selkirk, Accountable Officer, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group